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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


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Public News Service - ND: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

North Dakota health experts are using National Rural Health Day to spotlight the state's unique challenges. Credit: Grafixar/Morguefile.com

BISMARCK, N.D. - Today is National Rural Health Day and for North Dakota's health-care providers it's a chance to put a spotlight on the state's unique challenges. About 40 percent of the state's population lives in rural areas. According to Brad Gibbens, deputy director of the Center for Rural H

For the first time, produce farmers soon will have to comply with new federal food safety rules, and a sustainable ag advocate is mostly praising the move. Credit: KyleJones/morguefile.com

BISMARCK, N.D. - It took five years of debate, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally has approved new food safety rules. Late last week, the FDA set the official standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the first major reform in more than 70 years. Sophia Kruszewski, pol

The Life is Why Family Health Challenge encourages families to eat healthier and get more regular physical activity over the next four weeks and into the future. Credit: Creativestock.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The number of children who are overweight or obese in North Dakota has been swelling for decades, but a month-long event starting Tuesday aims to gain some traction in reversing that trend. The Life is Why Family Health Challenge is broken down into four themed weeks. Americ

Class will soon be back in session for kids across North Dakota and an ever growing number will find local foods in their school cafeterias. Credit: Steve Debenport.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As children across North Dakota prepare to soon head back to school, a growing number of students will find local offerings in the lunch line. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about one-fourth of the districts in the state report having Farm to School programs, but

A new poll finds that healthier cafeteria meals are supported by a majority of North Dakota public school parents. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The meals that North Dakota schoolchildren are being served are getting healthier, and a new poll shows that's exactly what a majority of residents across the state want. The survey by Pew Charitable Trusts finds that 90 percent of both North Dakota public school parents and voters

PHOTO: New parents in North Dakota may want to introduce their child to peanuts and other possible food allergens by age one, as research suggests it can help reduce the development of food allergies. Photo credit: miheco/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The food choices of some new parents across North Dakota and the nation are changing, as those meal decisions could impact whether their child develops a food allergy. For years health professionals suggested that parents withhold allergenic foods until one-year of age, but

PHOTO: According to a new Gallup survey, North Dakota has the lowest rate of food insecurity in the nation, with 9.3 percent of respondents in the state reporting difficulty over the last year putting food on the table. Photo credit: Jake Stimpson/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - While a new survey finds North Dakota has the lowest rate in the nation of people struggling with hunger, there are still many North Dakotans who have a hard time putting food on the table. A Gallup poll found just over nine percent of North Dakota respondents said there were times

PHOTO: Nationally, more than 11 million low-income kids received free or reduced-price school breakfast in the 2013-14 school year, an increase of 320,000 from the previous school year. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

BISMARCK, N.D. - More kids across the nation are starting the day with a healthy meal. The latest study shows another increase in the number of low-income children taking part in school breakfast programs. The report from the Food Research and Action Center shows that participation increased by abo

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